Saturday 29 July 2023

The Tweets & The Threads

I'm one of those people who has enjoyed using Twitter for many years. Actually, I celebrated my 14th anniversary over there earlier this year. It was my one and only social media for the longest time. I met some great people there, posted updates about my writing, and even held myself accountable by listing my word/page targets. As well as my reading and blogging.

But something terrible happened this year. The person who bought it decided to destroy the platform. He slowly eliminated everything that made Twitter one of the most recognisable brands in the world. Started monetizing everything, filled the timelines with useless ads, encouraged the shittiest people in society to rejoin (after being banned) and put limits on just about everything.

This week, he even decided to change the name. I mean, you have to be seriously deficient in the intelligence department to do any of this. But the name change really got under my skin. I can't stand that X replacing the Twitter bird.

Anyway. All of this leads me to the reason why I’m writing, and sending, this post out.

Three weeks ago, when it became clear that it was only a matter of time before everything fell apart, I finally set myself up on IG. And also decided to sign up for Threads.

Surprisingly, IG fits my photo-posting habit, while Threads gives me the chance to post updates and help boost other authors. Actually, this week I didn't bother posting a single progress or walking update on Twitter. And now that Threads also has a Following tab, I hope to spend more time over there.

I'll still pop into Twitter to promo and RT about books, or add announcements and congratulate others. But I’m definitely taking a big step back. I’m tired of the instability of the place. He’s even somehow severed the Goodreads updates. It's just not fun anymore. I always enjoyed popping in, but this week I just couldn't find the enthusiasm.

So, if you’re on either one of the abovementioned places, this is where you can find me now:

On Threads, I’m HERE.

On Instagram, I’m HERE.

And of course, I’ll try to add a weekly post over here.

Thanks for reading, and keep in touch!

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